Hawes (8-2) earned a contract with the UFC after making short work of Khadzhimurat Bestaev at the Contender Series earlier this month, knocking out the LFA veteran in just 78 seconds. The former TUF 23 alum enters the cage riding a four-fight finishing streak under the Bellator and Brave CF banners.
Malkoun (4-0), a 24-year-old prospect that trains alongside former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker in Australia, makes his octagon debut after winning four professional MMA bouts and going 3-0 with a pair of knockouts as a professional boxer.
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